Animal Welfare - Appeals


The Animal Care Appeal Board was set up under The Animal Care Act to hear appeals of seizures, orders and licensing decisions made by the Chief Veterinary Office (CVO). 
The Board provides an open, fair and equitable review of an appeal under the Act.
An owner may want to appeal if there is a belief the seizure was unjustified and wants the
animal(s) returned or believes the order was not necessary or disagrees with the licensing decision. To make an appeal, a letter should be sent to the appeal board requesting an appeal and clearly stating the reasons for the appeal. 
An appeal of a seizure or order must be filed within seven days of the date the notice of seizure or order was posted, sent or delivered.  An appeal of a licensing decision must be filed within 30 days of receiving the letter of decision.
The appellant (person making the appeal) and the CVO must submit, seven days prior to the hearing any evidence they wish to present and the names of all those attending.
An appellant may bring a lawyer but the hearing is quite straight forward and an appellant can represent themselves. 
The board may dismiss or grant the appeal, or make any order that the appeal board considers appropriate to the situation.  The decision of the appeal board is final and binding and not subject to further appeal.
The Animal Care Act allows the CVO to request payment from the owner for the costs of caring for a seized animal.  This includes the costs that have accumulated between the time of seizure and the decision of the appeal board.
For further information or to file an appeal, contact:
Animal Care Appeal Board
812-401 York Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0P8
Phone: 204-945-3856; toll free in Manitoba 1-800-282-8069
Fax: 204-945-1489